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    #76
    Originally posted by richnye View Post
    Hi - I need one of these keys - can you get me one?
    Richard
    I bought richnye's PDP8/F. He got it sorted with 2 keys. The XX2247 key was fitted and very stiff, in fact I had a real job getting out of the panel lock position that it was set in.
    A generic spare key that came with it was much better. A big thank-you to whoever sorted that out.

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      #77
      Was that this one http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PDP8F-Comp...8AAOSwQTVV~nwL ?

      That was one expensive pop-8! I hadn't realised that UK prices had spiralled to high.

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        #78
        I found the info about blanks on Ebay interesting and just bought a few to check them out. Was amused to see that apparently Harley Davidson uses the same keys

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          #79
          A locksmith in Melbourne in Australia is producing keys which fit the PDP-8/E at a very reasonable price of AU$25.00 (that is about US$18.50).

          They sell it on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/142118132040

          The seller is "key-king" just in case the listing number changes over time.

          The Lab-8/e I have been repairing had no key so I operated it without the lock. I ordered the key on Ebay from the listing above and a few days ago it arrived. Today while replacing two dead lamps I also reinstalled the lock so the Lab-8/e is now complete and beautiful.

          Best regards
          Tom Hunter
          Last edited by thunter0512; January 30, 2021, 06:40 AM.

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            #80
            Tom,

            Let's have a photograph of the front panel in all its glory when you are happy with it!

            Dave

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              #81
              Originally posted by daver2 View Post
              Tom,

              Let's have a photograph of the front panel in all its glory when you are happy with it!

              Dave
              Here you go:

              IMG_20210130_222452023.jpg
              IMG_20210130_222254359.jpg

              Note the new key.

              Best regards
              Tom Hunter

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                #82
                Beautiful - nice job Tom ...

                I also like the antistatic wrist strap !

                I went to one of our contract partners a few years ago to undertake an audit and they were proudly presenting to me their updated workshop complete with all of their new antistatic workstations, procures etc.

                They then proceeded to take one of our priceless cards that we had sent them for repair out of its antistatic bag and hand it to me without any antistatic precautions at all ! I was stood there in my wooden jumper and just shook my head and refused to take hold of it. Needless to say, I had a few well-chosen statements that I made in my audit report!

                Dave

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                  #83
                  I understand maintaining a stiff upper lip, but even for a Brit, a wooden jumper wood seem bit too much.
                  Jack
                  www.computerarium.org

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                    #84
                    Nice one Jack...

                    Darn autospool checking!

                    Dave

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                      #85
                      Does anyone know if Compx/Chicago or anyone else currently makes a switch that can replace the PDP-8 power switch?
                      OSI Forum and Archive at https://osiweb.org

                      Unified Retro Keyboard Project on Github

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                        #86
                        I've got this three position lock from a DEC collector. Does anyone
                        recognise this lock as a DEC lock? The key is numbered with XX5233


                        XX5233.jpg

                        Regards, Roland
                        WTB: Case for Altair 8800 ...... Rolands Github projects

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                          #87
                          I am humbled to see this thread is still current and actively of interest. Thank you all for participating.

                          For a note on how to view images and other information especially pertinent to my early posts this thread - please see my blog for a recent entry..

                          Thanks again, it's great to see topics like this live on.

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